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Redshift : extreme visions of speculative fiction
Sarrantonio, Al.
Publication Information:
New York : Roc, 2001.
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xiv, 544 pages ; 24 cm
On K2 with Kanakaredes / Dan Simmons -- The building / Ursula K. Le Guin -- Froggies / Laura Whitton -- What we did that summer / Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg -- A slow Saturday night at the Surrealist Sporting Club / Michael Moorcock -- In Xanadu / Thomas M. Disch -- Commencement / Joyce Carol Oates -- Unique Visitors / James Patrick Kelly -- Black Tulip / Harry Turtledove -- Belief / P.D. Cacek -- In the un-black / Stephen Baxter -- Weeping walls / Paul Di Filippo -- Anomalies / Gregory Benford -- Captive Kong / Kit Reed -- Feedback / Robert E. Vardeman -- Between disappearances / Nina Kiriki Hoffman -- Resurrection / David Morrell -- Cleopatra Brimstone / Elizabeth Hand -- Burros gone bad / Peter Schneider -- Pockets / Rudy Rucker and John Shirley -- Ave de Paso / Catherine Asaro -- Road kill / Joe Haldeman -- Ting-a-ling / Jack Dann -- 'Bassador / Catherine Wells -- Ssoroghod's people / Larry Niven -- Two shot / Michael Marshall Smith -- Billy the fetus / Al Sarrantonio -- Viewpoint / Gene Wolfe -- Fungi / Ardath Mayhar -- Rhido Wars / Neal Barrett, Jr.
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Hand-picked by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Sarrantonio, Redshift features 30 stories of hard and soft science fiction, fantasy, horror, and experimental and conventional literary fiction.

Author Notes

Al Sarrantonio, the author of twenty-eight books, is a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award

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Booklist Review

Inspired by Harlan Ellison's influential anthology Dangerous Visions (1967), Redshift's intent is to present cutting-edge sf. Editor Sarrantonio points out that Ellison's editorial goal of expanding the very field of speculative fiction always meets a real demand, for science is by nature always changing. Regardless of whether Redshift measures up to Dangerous Visions, it is a well-chosen, satisfyingly hefty anthology of work by a who's who of sf and relative newcomers. Best known of the latter is Joyce Carol Oates, who contributes her first sf story, that of the edgy, creepy, celebratory ritual in "Commencement." The old hands include Ursula K. Le Guin, whose "The Building" is characteristically thoughtful; Larry Niven, with a delicious piece about aliens playing at being gods; and Michael Moorcock, whose "A Slow Saturday Night at the Surrealist Sporting Club" is indubitably . . . Moorcockian. Some of the strongest contributions by newer authors are award-winning Nina Kiriki Hoffman's "Between Disappearances" and "steampunk" pioneer Paul Di Filippo's "Weeping Walls" --not to mention previously unpublished writer Laura Whitton's "Froggies." Cutting-edge often seems to mean risquelanguage and taboo subjects. Dangerous Visions obliged, and so does Redshift, yet even its most risquestory is beautifully crafted. Humor is here in plenty, too, and many thoughtful, atmospheric pieces that will haunt your mental landscape for days. --Regina Schroeder

Publisher's Weekly Review

For this big, glitzy original anthology, Sarrantonio asked his contributors to write short stories that could "influence the course of sf for the next twenty-five years." That's a fairly pretentious goal. Sarrantonio's working subtitle was "Dangerous Visions for the New Millennium," a nod to Harlan Ellison's revolutionary 1967 story anthology with subjects and/or styles too hot for publishers at the time. Nowadays, there aren't many taboos in SF, so this anthology mostly shows how accessible formerly "extreme" stories have become. Looked at simply as stories, the contents are occasionally disappointing. Some pieces are included because of the writers' reputations, some have a message that overpowers everything else, some are too brief to be much more than displays of style, and some suffer from multiple weaknesses. But there are excellent stories, too, showing the range of contemporary SF, such as Dan Simmons's tale of a human-alien team of mountain climbers, "On K2 with Kanakaredes," and Stephen Baxter's picture of human nature reasserting itself after extreme distortion, "In the Un-Black." In addition, Gene Wolfe ("Viewpoint") and Rudy Rucker and John Shirley ("Pockets") present message stories with real plots. Greg Benford ("Anomalies") offers a short tale as compact and deadly as a coral snake, while Catherine Wells ("'Bassador") and Neal Barrett Jr. ("Rhido Wars") use mind-stretching prose styles effectively. That's a pretty good average, actually, and the rest are worth reading to see how the writers responded to the editor's challenge. Agent, Ralph Vicinanza. (Dec. 4) FYI: Sarrantonio is the editor of 999 (2001), an anthology of horror fiction. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Dan Simmons's exhilarating story of a unique mountain-climbing expedition ("On K2 with Kanakaredes") kicks off this collection of original short speculative fiction that includes contributions by Gregory Benford, Michael Moorcock, Harry Turtledove, Ardath Mayhar, and other groundbreaking authors of sf and imaginative fiction. Featuring three novellas, 22 short stories, and five novelettes, this anthology exhibits a wide variety of styles and topics and aptly demonstrates the cutting edge of the genre. Recommended for most sf or short story collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Dan SimmonsUrsula K. Le GuinLaura WhittonKathe Koja and Barry N. MalzbergMichael MoorcockThomas M. DischJoyce Carol OatesJames Patrick KellyHarry TurtledoveP. D. CacekStephen BaxterPaul Di FilippoGregory BenfordKit ReedRobert E. VardemanNina Kiriki HoffmanDavid MorrellElizabeth HandPeter SchneiderRudy Rucker and John ShirleyCatherine AsaroJoe HaldemanJack DannCatherine WellsLarry NivenMichael Marshall SmithAl SarrantonioGene WolfeArdath MayharNeal Barrett, Jr.
Introductionp. xi
On K2 with Kanakaredesp. 3
The Buildingp. 43
Froggiesp. 53
What We Did That Summerp. 87
A Slow Saturday Night at the Surrealist Sporting Clubp. 99
In Xanadup. 113
Commencementp. 129
Unique Visitorsp. 151
Black Tulipp. 159
Beliefp. 185
In the Un-Blackp. 201
Weeping Wallsp. 221
Anomaliesp. 239
Captive Kongp. 251
Feedbackp. 265
Between Disappearancesp. 279
Resurrectionp. 285
Cleopatra Brimstonep. 305
Burros Gone Badp. 353
Pocketsp. 357
Ave de Pasop. 383
Road Killp. 397
Ting-a-Lingp. 407
'Bassadorp. 423
Ssoroghod's Peoplep. 437
Two Shotp. 445
Billy the Fetusp. 461
Viewpointp. 469
Fungip. 511
Rhido Warsp. 519